USC football players reacted to the suspension of Spring Camp with disappointment on Twitter, while coaches and former players also weighed in.
Cancelations and suspended events increased sharply on Thursday as the sports world tried to contend with concern over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Among the suspensions were all USC athletics activities, including Spring Camp practices.
Separate from the necessity of those measures is the disappointment being felt by athletes across the country. USC’s football players took to Twitter to express their thoughts.
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The official word came down from USC on Thursday of a complete suspension of athletics, including practices, competitions, camps, and clinics.
Cornerback Chris Steele was the first comment, essentially breaking the news about Spring Camp being shut down. In a since-deleted tweet, he said, “First my Cabo trip and now spring ball. This is craze.”
Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, who was already slated to sit out Spring Camp while recovering from sports hernia surgery, tweeted about the strange idea of “time off.”
Cornerback Jayden Williams probably said what all the fans were thinking as well, responding to a tweet from just one day earlier about football being back:
Cornerback Olaijah Griffin echoed that sentiment:
Former players and coaches also took to Twitter to express more general thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic.
Former defensive lineman Antwaun Woods offered a simple emoji:
USC great Matt Leinart took the time to reflect on the idea of having his season ended early, as has happened to college athletes on Thursday morning.
Defensive line coach Vic So’oto is looking to practice good “social distancing” tactics.
USC’s Director of —- Gavin Morris had a recommendation for the NBA for dealing with the suspended league season:
The impact of the coronavirus will continue to be felt across the country and in all walks of life. For athletes and sports fans, it’s going to be a quiet spring.